I usually go away for a holiday during the Canberra winter, but not this year. And I’m actually loving it. It SNOWED in Canberra this week and that made me very happy. I woke up at 5am to see the soft snow blowing around in the wind and falling on my garden. And as the morning light appeared, I stared, mesmerised by this rare event—like a cat on a window sill—until the snow was all gone. Canberra is so beautiful at this time of year. There’s outdoor ice skating in the centre of town, food festivals, markets, and lots of open spaces to run around and catch Pokémon.
Though I miss the absence of flowers, as there aren’t too many weddings and markets this time of year, it’s nice to be able to live a normal life for a change. It’s taken me a while, but I think I’ve finally worked out how to have a work-life balance. I’ve been resting, catching up with friends for coffees, playing my piano, cooking new recipes, and shopping for clothes! All things I never usually have time for.
Snow in my back yard
One particular shopping score I’m particularly happy with is a blue bag with a hydrangea print I bought from the National Museum of Australia (NMA) shop. I was at the NMA for a casual meeting, and it ended up becoming an unplanned shopping spree—the shop had 20 per cent off everything, so that was a good incentive! Soon after, I bought a dress from Review, not necessarily to match the bag but that also happened to also have a hydrangea pattern on it. I plan to wear this dress to a Floral Art Association event in August.
I’ve also taken the opportunity during this quiet period to do a lot of paperwork. I love playing with flowers and gems, but having a business means that I also have to keep on top of my tax and other paperwork, sigh. My lovely accountant has tasked me with doing a stocktake of my beads and silk flowers. I’ve been collecting beads since I was a teenager so the task has been very daunting, but I’m getting there!
I’ve also decided to build an online shop on my website for my jewellery, which is taking a lot longer than I thought it would, and is also a bit stressful. I’m not a fan of being cooped up at home in front of the computer, so to make things more bearable I’ve been taking my laptop to the National Arboretum Canberra so I can enjoy the views while I work.
Once I get on top of my paperwork and the online shop I’ll be able to start creating again—I can’t wait! I’ve got boxes of new silk flowers, and have ordered new gems. They’re all just sitting there waiting for me. This down time has helped give me some perspective, and I’m grateful for that.
Thank you to the brides out there who have been contacting me for consultations for their weddings during this quieter time. It’s nice to have one flower-related thing I can work on during this cold period.